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Making a post where I can jot down the stuff I'd like to find at Emerald City Comic Con this year. Always pays to go in with a plan, otherwise I end up wandering around and buying random stuff.

-Box of 1992 DC Cosmic Cards (been in he mood to open packs of this again)
-Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew (will not pay more than 50-cents each for them)
-Original Artwork from Thomas Cook (Animation guy from the 80's)
-Missing issues of my Justice League run (I'm only like a dozen issues away)!
-Missing issues of my All Star Squadron run (FOUR ISSUES AWAY!!!)

My big rule for single issues of comics is that I have to scan the quarter bins first, then the 5-cent bins, then AND ONLY THEN will I resort (on the last day of the convention) to scouring the Dollar Bins.
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I don't even know where to start... there's a lot to go over! Think I'll do it in parts, avoid the "ONE GIANT WALL OF STUFF FOR YOU TO READ" syndrome...

The night before the convention I made all of us watch "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising" t get in the mood. You can watch it streaming on Netflix, and it's awesome and I highly recommend it as a PG-Rated (some mild swear words, comedic sexual innuendo) fun for all :)

I threatened all The Ladies (Crystal, Brittany and Haley) that I would be waking us all up at 3:30am and expect to be out the door no later than 4am. I did indeed get up at 3:30, but I let everybody else sleep till 4:30 because I'm such a softy. This gave me time to make coffee, pack a lunch, get fully dressed, make sure I had everything packed... and just wait.

The Girls did remarkably well; we were out the door before 5am, and parking the car at the Convention Center no later than 5:30.

There were only 7 people ahead of us in line :)

The guy directly in front of us, name of "Joe" or "Josh" from Stanwood, had gotten there at 3:30 and was escorted out of the building with a stern "Try coming back at like 6 or so". He became concerned when he saw our merry band marching in to the building at 5:30 in all our nerdy apparel and decided to follow us. No idea how those 6 guys ahead of us in line got there :(

The line got larger and larger. They herded us over to the Ticket Exchange Area where we got our badges and mini-swag bags (Program, a few fliers and a deck of Magic: The Gathering cards), and then we were once again herded in to the giant "Skyway" holding pen at the main doors to the convention.

We were *right there* on the rope, poised to be the FIRST in the door :)

This location gave me the perfect opportunity to say a cheerful "Good morning" to all the retailers and guests as they came in the door... I like to think that I brightened their day just a little bit :)

I started a conversation with this one guy who was part of artist Clayton Craine's entourage, and he was getting a little bit frantic because he had grabbed the wrong cell phone and couldn't get hold of anybody. Eventually the rest of his crew showed up and he was very happy, so that was good. Then he came back out and said to me "Hey, you wanna get in there early?" and I said "YAH I WUD LIKE 2 GO IN PLEEZ!" so he gave me an exhibitors badge and I got in to the convention about a half-hour early!

I went and got all the BEST swag (a bunch of random comics, buttons, trade paperbacks etc) and took the bag out to my wife and nieces still waiting in line so they could share in my good luck :) Then I went back in, got my Stan Lee autograph ticket, gt Lou Ferrigno to sign a picture for me, and then the convention began...
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My Friend was bemoaning the fact that you just can't find Judge Dredd comics at comic bok conventions any more. I knew that this was a crock because i see the old Quality/Fleetway reprints clogging my Quarter Bins at every show! He said sure, maybe in the Quarter Bins... but who has the time and the patience to sort through fifty thousand comics to find maybe a dozen comics that they actually want or need?

That's where *I* come in!

i found approximately 40 Judge Dredd comics in the quarter bins of ECCC that I will now be delivering to him just to prove a point.

Do you suppose a person could make money like this? "The Quarterbineers" could be a service where you hire a guy to scan the quarter bins for you, and you agree to pay 35-cents for each comic with a minimum of $5?
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I'm looking over all the stuff i got at ECCC this year, and I'm kind of ashamed. I have the same amount of stuff from THIS convention that i would have come home from any other convention with, but the difference is that at any other convention i would have spent only $20 to $30 for this amount of stuff. And how much did i spend this year?


There are 3 items that I bought this year which are my main shame-points. Three items which I broke my own Rules of Engagement in order to purchase:

  • The Girl Genius "Jagermonster" Leather Back Pack - $25 Extremely nice bag, high quality, and awesomely designed. Can't order them on-line, have to get them at conventions.
  • Star Trek: The Manga TPB Signed by Wil Wheaton - $20 Cover price is just $10, but it was the very last copy that Wil had at the convention and I kinda had him sign it before asking about the price.
  • Kung Fu Joe DVD Movie - $15 Awesome looking action/comedy filmed entirely in Bellingham, the writer/director was there and he was an awesome guy and the trailer for the movie looked awesome and I had the cash on me and... I have no other excuse. I didn't even try to talk him down on the price. I'm so ashamed :(

That's HALF the money I spent at the convention, all on just those three items! If I had saved that money till the end of the convention, I could have QUADRUPLED the amount of stuff i came home with! As it is, all I ended up with was about two long boxes full of comics, 5 posters, 3 T-Shirts, a gazillion pins and buttons, 5 Wonder Woman tiaras, 3 Flash rings, an Easter Egg dying kit, 4 Action Figures, 5 trade paperbacks, 4 bottles of Venom Energy Drink, a ton of various Trading Cards, 2 pieces of original artwork and of course the three items listed above. How sad :(
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Day Two was full of way too much awesome! Starting with:

After that, here's the short list of Highlights:

  • Having Wil Wheaton sign a book for me only to discover that i was short on cash, havng to come back and plunk the money down on his table while angrilly saying "There's your BLOOD MONEY, Wheaton... I hope ya CHOKE on it!"

  • My "Escalator moment" with [ profile] nelbailey and [ profile] tigernatch, them going up and me going down and then being swallowed in the crowd as i paraquoted Joel Robinson as he paraquoted The Wizard "I can't stop it I don't know how it works GOODBYE FOLKS GOODBYE!!!"

  • Being the only person in line to respond to Angus Oblong when he came in all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and said "There's my people... GOOD MORNING, PEOPLE!" Dead silence from the crowd till I waved back "GOOD MORNING, ANGUS OBLONG! WE LOVE YOU TOO!" or something to that cheesy effect.

  • Hunting high and low for a Red Pen so that Angus could complete a piece of artwork.

  • Finding, losing, and then finding again the Mythical Retailer Who Was Selling All Action Figures For $5. He was an awesome dude, giving away toys to kids and having a great time just being a retailer. I *had* to spend money at his table! Such actions must be rewarded!

  • Getting to hang out with [ profile] teegin, even though it was never as a group.

  • Showing [ profile] baeleth that not all prices are set in stone, and showing him that pretty much ANY ITEM that's priced at $40 can be had for $20 to $25 by the end of the convention.

  • The sad realization that most Suicide Girls suffer from "Cheerleader Syndrome" (see episodes of "How I Met your Mother" for details)

  • My last purchase of the day: Sifting through a box of comics, I turned to the retailer and said "I'm way too tired for this right now and the Con is about to end... will you take a dollar for the whole box?" Retailer said they couldn't POSSIBLY let it go for less than $5. I said all I have is $4. He said he'd be willing to come down on his asking price. I offered $3. SOLD! Long box of random comics for $3!

  • Giving my very last Convention Dollar to Jennie Breeden of just because I felt that I needed to pay her *something* for all the awesome comic strips :)

It was especially awesome to see that the three guests I was most excited to see - Wil Wheaton, Angus Oblong and Jennie Bredeen - were either COMPLETELY SOLD OUT (Wil and Jennie) or VERY, VERY SATISFIED with their amount of sales (I heard that Angus had one of his best profits here this year). THAT IS SO AWESOME!!!

Great convention, now to try and shake off my ConSARS.


Apr. 6th, 2009 06:56 am
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Last night I came home and wallowed in comics till I passed out.

Today my feet hurt, by breath stinks and Jesus don't love me no more*.

THIS is the closest I come to knowing what life would be like if I were a binge drinker.

Do folks that drink a lot get this feeling, too? That feeling on The Morning After where you hurt and ache and feel like throwing up but DAMN it's good to have a reminder of all the fun you had? If so, I now understand the appeal of drinking!

(*Bonus Points to anyone who can identify that quote, but trust me NO ONE will be able to identify that quote)
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-Angus Oblong's Self portrait! Several moments admiring himself in a mirror, getting every possible angle... then drawing a circle, two dot-eyes and a line mouth. DONE!

-Chanting "KISS! KISS! KISS!" at the Wonder Twins till they kissed. I really REALLY hope they weren't actually brother and sister...

-The "A Christmas Story"-esque moment where i thought I was the first person to get there to buy the Hellboy Print only to be directed to The Back of The Line - at the other end of the convention hall.

-Overhearing Dan Didio in the Lobby offering to go buy Gail Simmone some coffe and saying "I think i saw a Starbucks not too far from here". And i stopped in my tracks and said "Really? You're in SEATTLE and you think the best and the closest coffee is a block away at Starbucks?"

-Seeing Wil Wheaton's line TWICE AS LONG as any other celebrity line-up ALL DAY LONG.

-Three copies of DC Comics Presents #62 in a quarter bin - He-Man's first appearance ANYWHERE beyond the toy shelf (pre-dates the cartoon by a few months). I constantly find them in quarter bins, and constantly sell them for anywhere between $30 and $60 a pop.

-Taking time off to go over and eat at The Cheesecake Factory with [ profile] khristal... never eat there again, but it was fun :)

-Getting one of the super-cool Girl Genius Jaegermonster Back packs SQUEEE!!!

-Goading SEVERAL Ladies in to putting on the Wonder Woman tiaras that DC Comics were giving out.

-Asking Steve The Producer (local radio "Celebrity" from 99.9 KISW THE ROCK) for a Prize and having him give me one - a Watchmen T-Shirt.

-Honest dealers willing to correct my math. Tried SEVERAL times to pay $5 for only $3 worth of comics.

-SO MUCH FREE CRAP from the fine folks at DC Comics!

And now I'm off to Day Two, when the INSANITY hits!

Like XMAS!

Apr. 4th, 2009 05:21 am
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Couldn't fall asleep last night, even with the aid of NPR. Went to bed at 8:30pm, last time I remember looking at the clock it was 11:30pm. Fell asleep some time after that, woke up at 3:30am and tried to convince myself that sleeping till at least 5 was a really good idea.

Got up at 4. Compromise!

SO! Today i will be wearing my Tattered Jean Jacket with the awesome Jack Kirby "Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man and Hulk" artwork on the back. This jacket has been to every convention with me since 1989. Thankfully, this year I'm small enough to fit in it once again (something I haven't been able to do since 1990) instead of just wearing it open and hoping nobody notices that it's too small!

I'll still be wearing it open to show off the cool Red-N-Black "Negative Image" Superman Action Comics shirt I'm wearing, but that's beside the point.

Find me if you can! I'll have ECCC Bingo Cards ready for anyone who wants 'em!
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Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation... thanks to the application of a regular Ace Bandage, by foot is feeling 89% better and I am fully confident that I'll be able to do The Convention without crutches or the silly prescription medically fitted "Western Walker" boot. I'm hobbling around the house just fine. Not at 100% or anything - still hurts enough to keep me looking for a chair every 20 feet or so - but definitely feeling well enough to wonder if my doctor is getting some sort of kick-back from the only place in the State that sells those Western Walker Medical Boots.
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My prescription is ready for me at the Rite Aid that I actually requested :)

Seems that since this "Boot" I need has to be medically fitted and i can't get an appointment for that till next week, I'll get to go to the ECCC with as little as an ace bandage and a cane :)

I've been given a mission to acquire an item that will most likely sell out on Saturday Morning to be delivered on Sunday Afternoon, so I now have REAL motivation to go to the convention :)

Bartender? I'd like another round of half-full glasses, please!
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I feel so whiney about this because, well, I *am* really whiney over this! If my leg had been ripped-off in an industrial accident or something, I'd be okay with it. I'd have a very "Well thank goodness I'm still alive" attitude and then I would just learn to adapt and live with my new condition. Heck, I might even get a super-cool Robo-Leg! And I'd have learned the lesson to keep my legs out of industrial leg-rippers. I can find The Silver Lining in pretty much any crappy situation.

But this sprained ankle is just a HUGE inconvenience. The only lesson to learn here is what? Don't go walking around in your front yard? And really at ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR I'd be okay with this. But THIS weekend... right NOW... this is the weekend that I do a TON of walking and running and climbing (I know, I do a lot more at these conventions than the average shopper)! This is MY WEEKEND! Nothing will be gained from this inconvenience!

Like, it's kinda inconvenient to have them take $100 out of each pay check to put in to a separate savings account. But there's a pay-off at the end of the year! You've saved all that money and now you get to have it!

There's no pay-off to me missing this convention. Or, alternately, going to the convention and being in pain or going to the convention in a wheel chair and not getting to do the convention the way I like to do the convention.

There's GOT to be a silver lining here. There HAS to be a "Brighter Side". I'm just not looking hard enough. My glass is usually so half-full... now it seems to be pretty darned empty.


Apr. 2nd, 2009 06:44 am
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Posting about this on April 2nd so you know that, yes, it is real.

Sprained my ankle bad enough to make me consider not going to Emerald City Comic Con - which, if you follow my Blog at all you will know is THE event that I look forward to each and every year :(

I'm depressed and angry. Finally I have somebody to direct my anger towards - my stupid doctor. Called him to say "HEY! I'm in pain! I need some meds!" and he was *supposed* to call in a prescription for Ibuprofen, but as of 6:30 last night the pharmacy had still not heard from him (and they checked with all the other Rite Aid Pharmacies just to make sure it didn't go to the wrong one). After the rush-job he did on my diagnosis last night (20 minutes from check-in to sitting in the car, and that included more time getting my X-Ray done than it did seeing the actual doctor) I'm very ready to switch to a new doctor.
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Got an X-Ray, nothing broken... just a nasty sprain. A sprain bad enough to make the doctor suggest that i wear a "Boot" and use crutches for the next 6 to 8 weeks.

However, I think I'm done with this doctor. Time to find a new one. Didn't even OFFER any pain meds for me even though I'm in MUCHO DEL PAIN-O (as they say down South of the border).

Also, he really rushed the whole thing. Appointment started at 4:30, I was in the car and on my way home at 5.

So now I have to decide if The Convention is "doable" while I'm in a condition that makes it difficult for me to walk.
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I really, really, REALLY wish that this were an April Fools Day thing I was trying to pull on everybody, but it's not and it sucks. It's not Earth-Shattering or Catastrophic, it's just a major MAJOR major Bummer for me because it might mean that I can't go to ECCC this year :(

Yesterday afternoon we were having some pretty awesome kite-flying weather so i took Molly outside to fly a kite. While out there, I decided to take the Pallets that are sitting in our front yard and construct a fort out of them, as I had been planning to do for a few weeks now. I stacked and arranged them perfectly, now all I needed was a hammer and nails to secure it in place. But Molly was intent on playing in it NOW. Seeing as how precariously stacked wooden pallets could potentially be hazardous to her health, I pulled Molly away and told her that I would need to knock it down and maybe build it again when Mommy is around to make sure that we're safe.

I knocked down the little fort with ease; it's a good thing Molly hadn't been playing in there! Unfortunately, the Kite had somehow blown in to the wreckage and was wedged between two pallets. DOH! So I turned around to start picking up my pile of wood and retrieve our kite when...

I hit an uneven bit of our yard right next to where the concrete walkway is. My ankle bent one way, my foot went the other way, my knee went an entirely different way, I heard a loud SNAP from somewhere in my ankle area. I flipped up in the air and came crashing down on the concrete with my opposite knee.

I somehow was able to crawl the 15-foot distance from the walkway to our door and prop myself up in my chair while still maintaining a "Ha ha ha! Oopsy! Silly Daddy" attitude as to not freak out my kid. THE PAIN WAS INTENSE, and I think I may have passed out once or twice before Crsytal got home.

The ankle is swollen and I can't put any weight on it. The knee is in A LOT of pain. I didn't go to the hospital last night because I'm really hoping that I'm just a pussy and that it'll heal up on it's own before Friday night. I don't want to be The Guy at The Convention on Crutches! Worst case scenario, The Doctor will tell me to stay off of it for a week making me miss the convention entirely :(

ALL YEAR LONG I look forward to this convention! it's my ONE GREAT BIG "THING" that keeps me going! Every other thing that I kind of pass-up or can't afford or just can't justify getting... Video Games, new comics, new games, movies, DVD's... lots of little stuff I'd really like to have throughout the year. But i put them all aside just so I can justify spending $100 each year at the Emerald City Comic Con. It's my "Release".

The thought that I might not be able to go, or that I'll have to go on Crutches or in a wheel chair or something has me extremely depressed. You can't get in there and DIG for the good deals if you're in a cast and carrying crutches! And I love you all very much, but there isn't a single one among you that I would trust to go in there and find the deals for me.

So tonight I'm going to go to my Doctor and see what he says. Hopefully they've developed some sort of Wonder Pill that fixes this stuff immediately, right?


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